Information for patients currently receiving allergy shots

UHS provides allergy shots (immunotherapy) by appointment for students who have established care with an allergy specialist in the Western United States.

Once appropriate clinical records, antigen orders, and the antigen itself are received by UHS, antigen injections can be provided for a fee. If your allergist is located East of the Mississippi, please see instructions below to obtain a referral to a local allergist.

How to get started:

1. Print this information sheet, letter for your doctorAllergy Immunotherapy Orders form and Physician Signature Page form.

Your physician MUST complete the Allergy Immunotherapy Orders form, provide detailed instructions as describedi n the physician letter, and submit the Physician Signature Page form before allergy shots can be received at the University Health Services.

2. Mail, fax or bring the letter, Allergy Immunotherapy Orders form, and Physician Signature Page form to your physician for completion.

3. Bring your antigens to University Health Services Allergy/Travel Clinic, or ship them by overnight or priority mail (Monday to Thursday) to avoid shipping delays:

University Health Services
2222 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA, 94720-4300

Attention: Allergy/Travel Clinic
Refrigerate on arrival

4. Store your allergy antigens at the University Health Services. When needed, you will be advised to contact your allergist for additional antigens with new instructions.

Your allergy shots:

Note: We do not initiate allergy injections. You must have received one or more allergy injections at your physician’s office without significant reactions before receiving injections at University Health Services.  

You should plan on an annual visit with your Allergist to monitor your progress.

1. Make appointments in advance for your injections by going on-line through the eTang portal, visiting the appointment office, or by calling (510) 643-7177.

  • Appointments are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays. We are closed on holidays.
  • If you miss an allergy injection on the due date, schedule another appointment as soon as possible.
  • If you repeatedly miss injections, your allergy shots may have to be discontinued.  There is an increased risk when a haphazard schedule is followed. 

2. For your safety, you are required to wait 30 minutes in the clinic area after your injection. Please plan accordingly.

3.  Immediately alert the allergy clinic of any adverse reactions you may experience.

4. Pick up your antigens at the end of each semester or academic year to transport to the prescribing allergist. We do not ship antigens.

  • We only store the antigens for students receiving their allergy injections at University Health Services during the summer.
  • All other antigens are discarded at the end of the academic year in June.  

In the event that specialized care with an allergist becomes necessary, UHS requires that patients undergoing antigen injections at the Tang Center whose allergists are located outside of the Western United States to establish care with a California allergy specialist. UHS will require a brief visit with a local allergist prior to receiving antigen injections at UHS if your allergist practices outside of the Western United States. Here is a list of local allergists (also available at the UHS Allergy Clinic).

Berkeley SHIP Members

If you need to see a local allergist for continuation of allergy shots because your allergist is located outside the Western United States, please call the Allergy/Travel Clinic to initiate a request for authorization at (510) 642-1297. Please select an allergist that is a member of the Anthem Network to help assure that you receive the maximum insurance reimbursement, and therefore the lowest out of pocket expenses. Allergy services with a Anthem provider or at the UHS Allergy Clinic are reimbursed by the insurance plan at 90% (with 10% patient responsibility).

If you are not currently receiving allergy shots and need care for allergies, please make an appointment with your Primary Care provider

Non-Berkeley SHIP Members

If you are covered by another insurance plan, you will need to contact your health plan to obtain names of local allergists who are participating providers with your insurance. Once you have seen a California allergist, and obtained the information described above, please contact the UHS Allergy Clinic to set up an appointment to initiate antigen injections at the Tang Center. It is possible to refrigerate your antigens in the UHS Allergy clinic prior to your appointment with an allergy specialist.

Contact us

Call (510) 643-7177 for general service questions.

Fees

Moderate fees apply for immunotherapy services.

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